With summer holidays right around the corner, it can be tough to decide where to take the all-important family vacation. Don’t worry; we’ve got a pretty great idea for you. Why not go to Toronto? You may be saying, “What? A vacation in Canada’s biggest city?” People often leave the Queen City off their list of potential summer destinations. Sure, your first image of Toronto may be skyscrapers and business centres, but take it from us, the city has a lot of fun things to do and see. And to prove it, we’ve put together a list of some of the top family outings that may very well convince you to visit Toronto this summer.
Canada’s largest zoo sits on more than 237 hectares and is home to over 5,000 animals. Young and old alike will be mesmerized by giant pandas, chimpanzees, lions, giraffes, and more, living in seven “zoogeographic” regions: Indomalaya, Africa, Americas, Australia, Eurasia, Canada and the Tundra. Explore them all at your own pace. And, if you don’t have a rental car, you can get to the zoo on public transportation.
Toronto Blue Jays
Guaranteed family fun. A trip to Toronto just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Blue Jays play, if they’re in town, that is. There’s nothing better than spending an afternoon or evening at the Rogers Centre cheering on the 2015 East Division champions while enjoying a hot dog (or two). And once you’re there, why not visit the WestJet Flight Deck? All you have to do is show your game day ticket.
Just a few steps from the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, open 364 days a year, will give the whole family an eye-popping experience. Board an elevator with glass floor panels that will take you up 346 metres in 58 seconds! From the LookOut Level, go down a floor and walk on the Glass Floor (chills and thrills guaranteed), or take another elevator up to the SkyPod, located 447 metres above the city. From there, you’ll have a 360o view with visibility up to 160 kilometres!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located at the base of the CN Tower, this is one of the biggest aquariums in the country. Parents and children will marvel at the marine environments and fish from all over the world. From the numerous viewing galleries, you’ll see more than 16,000 varieties of marine life, living in 5.7 million of litres of water. Plus, kids will absolutely love the six play zones available to them.
Hockey Hall of Fame
You don’t get much more Canadian than a museum dedicated to hockey, our official national winter sport. This is a definite must-see for hockey fans of any age. Give yourself a few hours to discover all of the exhibits displaying the past and present of this great game. And yes, you’ll even see the Stanley Cup!
Looking for an entire day where you actually want your kids to scream at the top of their lungs? Then Canada’s largest amusement park is the place to be. Located about an hour from Toronto, it’s definitely worth the drive. Yes, drive. So you’ll want to rent a car. Do your family a favour and plan to be there from morning to night, because this place is a blast. There are rides just for kids, and rides for the entire family to enjoy as well. Not only is it filled with thrilling rides, it’s also home to a massive water park featuring the largest wave pool in Canada. Plus, your kids will be absolutely fascinated by the some 40 life-sized dinosaurs on site. Now that’s fun for the whole family!
WestJet Vacations offers great deals on vacation packages to Toronto departing from several Canadian cities. And when you’re ready, go ahead and book your flight today at westjet.com. Have a great vacation!